Joe Klein (*) says what I’ve been thinking about Bush: he doesn’t even have the same relatively healthy relationship with the truth that an ordinary liar does. He doesn’t hide the truth so much as forget where he left it. But he forgets because he doesn’t really care. To him, fantasy is a perfectly adequate substitute. Whatever he says often enough, with enough enthusiasm, and can get enough other people to say with him, might as well be true, as far as GWB is concerned.
Here’s what I was taught to call the topic sentence (that was long before the invention of the horrible term “nut graf”) of Klein’s piece:
But the country can no longer afford the President’s self-delusions.
Lambert at Eschaton (*) seems to think that Klein is defending Bush. Well, with friends like that …